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Scribbit says, “Darth Vader smacked George Bush with a tortilla behind the dug out.” Must be the You’ve been Sentenced! game again!

February 2, 2010

Alaskan mom and writer extraordinaire, the founder of Scribbit (my favoriate mommy blog of all time) recently had this to say about our games:

“The review for this week is a strange but lovely coincidence. I was in our local toy store checking out new games and I noticed that the word game You’ve Been Sentenced! was listed as a staff pick (and I happen to trust their staff very much). I was intrigued by the rave reviews so when the company approached me about trying out the game I was amazed at their fabulous timing and their mad ESP powers.

I was sent us a complimentary copy of You’ve Been Sentenced! (along with their Twisted Fish card game) to check out and the verdict? Great game. Players use five-sided cards to build silly sentences for points such as “Abraham Lincoln punched the peppers” or “She threw the exploding lemon through the mattress.”

I had to help our 7 year-old at first but then she got it and was right there with the rest of us. The biggest thing is that when you first begin the temptation is to try and use every card in your hand in one sentence and when you try to do that you end up with a lot of ungrammatically correct sentences followed by a lot of heated arguing and an end to family unity–all over whose sentence is legit and whose is not. We had to patiently explain that despite the desire to win at all costs and the satisfaction of pounding one’s brother into the ground it is actually better strategy to concentrate on making a true sentence rather than one with seventeen illogical modifiers.

So once we got that down it was smooth. I like how it’s a game that gets the kids learning about grammar without knowing it and the kids liked the silly factor. The basic game is fun and educational–you get to explain how sentences use that basic subject-verb-object structure–but it gets even better when you add the expansion decks that are filled with words around a unique theme: sci-fi, pop culture, food, sports and even a deck with Reader’s Digest super words.

So you can get cards with “Darth Vader,” “George Bush,” “tortilla” or “dug out” which makes for even better sentences such as “Darth Vader smacked George Bush with a tortilla behind the dug out.”

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds’ award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!, Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rules, printable score sheets, or even order online!


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